Descartes, spinoza, and the impasse of french philosophy: Ferdinand alquie versus martial gueroult

Peden, Knox (2011) Descartes, spinoza, and the impasse of french philosophy: Ferdinand alquie versus martial gueroult. Modern Intellectual History, 8 2: 361-390. doi:10.1017/S1479244311000229

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Author Peden, Knox
Title Descartes, spinoza, and the impasse of french philosophy: Ferdinand alquie versus martial gueroult
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Descartes, spinoza, and the impasse of french philosophy: Ferdinand alquié versus martial gueroult
Journal name Modern Intellectual History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-2443
1479-2451
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1479244311000229
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 361
End page 390
Total pages 30
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This article presents a decades-long conflict in the upper echelons of postwar French academic philosophy between the self-identifying “Cartesian” Ferdinand Alquié, professor at the Sorbonne, and the “Spinozist” Martial Gueroult of the Collège de France. Tracking the development of this rivalry serves to illuminate the historical drama that occurred in France as phenomenology was integrated into the Cartesian tradition and resisted by a commitment to rationalism grounded in a specifically French understanding of Spinozism. Over the course of Alquié and Gueroult's polemic, however, we nevertheless witness a shared concern to preserve philosophy from the reductive tendencies of historicism and its possible assimilation to theology. What is more, the ultimate impasse of this conflict continues to inform the most innovative projects in French thought in the wake of structuralism and the “theological turn” of French phenomenology.
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